The word Islam means 'submission to the will of God'. Islam is the second largest religion in the world with over 1 billion followers who are known as Muslims. Muslims are monotheistic, they believe in one God with the Arabic word for God is Allah. According to Muslims, God sent a number of prophets to mankind to teach them how to live according to his law with Jesus, Moses and Abraham the respected prophets of God. Muslims believe that the final Prophet was Muhammad. Muslims base their laws on their holy book the Qur'an and the Sunnah which is the practical example of Prophet Muhammad and that there are five basic Pillars of Islan. 

Sunni and Shi'a

Sunni and Shi'a are two separate groups of Muslim worshipers. Both Sunni and Shi'a Muslims accept the centrality of the Qur’an, Shi’a and Sunni Muslims both draw on the Hadith and both groups also accept the five pillars of Islam. After the death of Prophet Muhammad, Muslims had a disagreement; Sunnis believed that Muhammad's successor should be Abu Bakr and Omar, and the Shias believed that his successor should be Ali. The dispute intensified greatly after the Battle of Karbala, in which Hussein ibn Ali and his household were killed. Today, there are differences in religious practice, traditions, and customs. Although all Muslim groups consider the Quran to be divine, Sunni and Shia have different opinions on hadith.

Sufism

Sufism, or Tasawwuf as it is known in the Muslim world, is Islamic mysticism. Non-Muslims often mistake Sufism as a sect of Islam. Sufism is more accurately described as an aspect or dimension of Islam. Sufi orders (Tariqas) can be found in Sunni, Shia and other Islamic groups. Sufis are emphatic that Islamic knowledge should be learned from teachers and not exclusively from books. Tariqas can trace their teachers back through the generations to the Prophet. Modelling themselves on their teachers, students hope that they too will glean something of the Prophetic character.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Chaplaincy - A multi-faith service with an interfaith approach. The aim of the Spiritual and Cultural Care Service is to ensure that the trust provides a service which acknowledges the spiritual and cultural needs of individuals and therefore the care provided by the trust. The service provides a space for individuals and groups to explore their spiritual and cultural needs.

Tel: 01322 625713

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Chaplaincy - The Chaplaincy team is for everyone, regardless of their faith, ethnicity, culture, gender or sexual identity. The chaplains are experienced in working with people from all faith communities and those who identify with none.  Although the chaplains come from a variety of traditions they work closely with a wide range of faith communities across south London. Trained chaplains and volunteers are available to spend time with anyone who needs a listening ear or would like to talk through their experience.

E-mail: chaplaincy@slam.nhs.uk

Tel: 020 3228 2815

Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Chaplaincy - The department of spiritual health care supports people of all faiths and beliefs, as well as people who do not have a particular religious belief but who would like someone to talk to. There are chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers who represent many denominations, faiths and beliefs. A 24/7 generic service is provided which is confidential and open to our patients, their relatives and our staff. We will try to find a faith or belief specific chaplain where possible.

E-mail: chaplains@gstt.nhs.uk

Tel: 020 7188 5588

Muslim Council of Britian - The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) is the UK’s largest and most diverse national Muslim umbrella organisation with over 500 members including mosques, schools, charitable associations and professional networks.

The British Board of Scholars and Imams - BBSI is a National Assembly of Imams, Scholars & Islamically literate Muslim Academics, formed to facilitate intra Muslim dialogue on Theology, Jurisprudence and Community Welfare. 

British Islamic Medical association (BIMA) - BIMA is a democratic, national organisation that aims to unite, inspire and serve Muslim healthcare professionals in the U.K. 

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Good Thinking have been working with a diverse range of faith and belief communities across London to provide tailored wellbeing content and support. This includes collaborating with local councils, CCGs, charities and other organisations.

In this section, you’ll find guides, videos and podcasts for specific faith and belief communities

Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy CentreNafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre is an intercultural therapy centre, committed to providing effective and accessible psychotherapy and counselling services to people from diverse religious, cultural and ethnic communities in London.

Qalb Centre logoQalb Centre offers counselling and complementary therapies for Asian, African and African Caribbean people with emotional problems, domestic violence problems and problems with alcohol. It also offers a support group for women and couple and group counselling.

Sakoon piece of mind logoAt Sakoon we know how important it is for Muslims to have an Islamic perspective in counselling hence why we offer a holistic approach to your wellbeing, which includes looking at ones faith, culture as well as family dynamics.

Women and Girls Network logoWomen and Girls Network (WGN) was established in 1987 and has spent over 30 years supporting women and girls across London affected by gendered violence. This includes childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, prostitution (including trafficking and sexual exploitation), female genital mutilation (FGM), and so-called 'honour' based crimes such as forced marriage. Their free, women-only and survivor-led service offers a holistic response to women and girls who have experienced, or are at risk of, gendered violence. The aim of our work is to create a safe, non-judgmental and non-directive space in which women and girls can explore their experiences, and know that they will be listened to and believed. 

Hidayah logoHidayah supports projects and activities which are developed specifically for the needs of LGBTQI+ Muslims. Hidayah aimes to ensure voices are heard and understood and to provide support and welfare for LGBTQI+ Muslims and promote social justice and education about our community to counter discrimination, prejudice and injustice.

Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist NetworkMuslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network is the online home for Muslim Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists and Counselling Psychologists worldwide. The MCAPN has addressed the need from mental health practitioners who are looking to network with fellow professionals, inform best practice or reach out to clients and supervisees via our online Counselling Directory listing. The MCAPN website will share knowledge on mental health to raise awareness and educate our Muslim communities, helping to break down barriers and stigma around mental health and support more clients to access therapy/counselling/therapeutic support.

Muslim Womens Network logoThe Muslim Womens Network is a national specialist faith and culturally sensitive service that is confidential and non-judgmental, which offers information, support, guidance and referrals.  We also provide holistic in depth support via case-workers for complex cases where service users need ongoing support which could last weeks or months.

NHS logoThe NHS Muslim Network aims to provide representation for Muslim colleagues working across the NHS, to work in partnership with NHS organisations and health agencies to promote an inclusive, diverse workplace where people of all backgrounds, faith and no faith, can bring their full selves to work and fulfil their potential.

Membership is open to all NHS staff of Muslim faith, and those with a positive interest in driving forward equality and diversity in the workplace and tackling health inequalities.

To join the network, please contact: nhsi.muslimnetwork@nhs.net

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustThe Chaplaincy team is for everyone, regardless of their faith, ethnicity, culture, gender or sexual identity. The chaplains are experienced in working with people from all faith communities and those who identify with none.  Although the chaplains come from a variety of traditions they work closely with a wide range of faith communities across south London. Trained chaplains and volunteers are available to spend time with anyone who needs a listening ear or would like to talk through their experience.

E-mail: chaplaincy@slam.nhs.uk

Tel: 020 3228 2815

Oxleas NHS Foundation TrustOxleas NHS Foundation Trust chaplaincy is a multi-faith service with an interfaith approach. The aim of the Spiritual and Cultural Care Service is to ensure that the trust provides a service which acknowledges the spiritual and cultural needs of individuals and therefore the care provided by the trust. The service provides a space for individuals and groups to explore their spiritual and cultural needs.

Tel: 01322 625713

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation TrustThe department of spiritual health care supports people of all faiths and beliefs, as well as people who do not have a particular religious belief but who would like someone to talk to. There are chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers who represent many denominations, faiths and beliefs. A 24/7 generic service is provided which is confidential and open to our patients, their relatives and our staff. We will try to find a faith or belief specific chaplain where possible.

E-mail: chaplains@gstt.nhs.uk

Tel: 020 7188 5588

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Available 24/7 on any device and completely anonymous, Good Thinking provides a range of resources to help Londoners improve their mental wellbeing, including free NHS-approved apps, articles, blogs, podcasts, self-assessments, videos and workbooks. All the apps we recommend are independently assessed and our clinically-validated self-assessment tool is powered by DoctorLink.

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